Local Digest 10/15

Jack Klugman will sign copies of book

Gilroy – The slovenly, sportswriting, cigar-smoking man you’ve come to love as half of the “Odd Couple” – Jack Klugman – will be signing copies of his new book “tony and me: a story of friendship” at Wal-Mart Tuesday starting at 6pm.

The book is a tribute to Tony Randall who died last year of pneumonia and follows both actors from their early days of stage acting – to the Odd Couple series – and the friendship that endured long after its end.

Gov. vetoes salon safety bill

Sacramento – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have established new safety standards for nail salons. Authored by Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, AB 1263 would have required salons to meet minimum standards for pedicure and manicure equipment and to establish procedures for cleaning and maintaining the equipment.

The law also would have required salons to conspicuously post violations. The bill was introduced after more than 120 people contracted a bacterial infection after receiving pedicures in San Jose salons.

A subsequent inspection did not find the bacteria in South County, but a handful of salons were cited for other infractions. The bill passed the Assembly 79-3 and the Senate 24-12.

Candidate’s forum on public-access TV

Gilroy – Local voters will have a chance to see candidates for the Nov. 8 city council election answer questions about binding arbitration, sidewalk repair and other local issues on local public access television. The first showing in a week-long airing of the Gilroy Dispatch candidate’s forum, held Thursday night, will be broadcast on Channel 20 starting Monday at 1pm.

Details: www.mycmap.org.

Annual field competition today

Gilroy – Families looking for an exciting evening of entertaining music and colorful action will be able to find it today as the Gilroy High School Marching Band and Color Guard host their 13th annual field competition at Gilroy High School.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizen (65 and older). Tickets can be purchased at the GHS Football Stadium Main Gate beginning at 4pm the day of the show.

The Mustang Concession stand will be open and offering a wide variety of food, snacks and drinks for purchase. Proceeds from the show go towards the support of the award-winning GHS Marching Band and Color Guard.

Details: Rick and Linda Charvet at 847-4629 or Band Director, Joey Fortino at 847-2424, ext 2287.

Hearing for Casas delayed

Gilroy – The preliminary hearing for Rafael Casas, 24, of 7766 Church St. has been continued for Oct. 20 at 1:30pm.

Casas was arrested for attempted murder. He allegedly stabbed a 26-year-old male in the parking lot of the Gilroy Rotten Robbie gas station May 8.

Fundraiser for Ukranian children

Gilroy – The Gilroy Wienerschnitzel at 711 First St. is hosting an all-day fundraiser to bring five Ukrainian orphans to visit for two weeks at Christmas. On Oct. 26, from 7am to 12am, the local restaurant will donate 20 percent of their proceeds for the day to Heart to Heart with Ukraine, a non-profit organization which helped bring children to stay with Gilroy families during the summer. The fundraiser will include a jumphouse, face painting and a raffle.

The Gilroy Police Department D.A.R.E. car will be hand on hand for part of the event.

Details: 846-6361.

Today’s book sale benefits library

Gilroy – The Friends of the Gilroy Library will have a used book sale at the Gilroy Library from 10am to 1pm today.

Books will cost $3 per bag. Items available include fiction, non-fiction, books on tape, CDs, videos and lots of children’s books.

Details: 842-8207.

Learn the basics of bicycle safety

Gilroy – A Bicycle Rodeo, sponsored by Gilroy Police Department in cooperation with Health Education of San Benito County, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11am to 2pm at the Go Kids Facility, 885 Moro Drive.

Join bicycle patrol officers, California Highway Patrol and other special guests. Free hot dogs and drinks provided.

Enter a ‘World of Spiders’ today

Morgan Hill – Have you ever had eight legs and eight eyes staring you down, as they crawl up your arm? Wanna try it?

Then come on down to Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park at 10am today and enter the “World of Spiders!”

The program is free, but there is a $5 per-car fee.

Details: Ranger Chris Crockett at 842-7800.

Scarecrow Alley and Pumpkin Patch

Gilroy – More than 30 one-of-a-kind scarecrows designed, created and maintained by local organizations will welcome visitors along Scarecrow Alley at Bonfante Gardens from today to Oct. 30.

Families can also select and purchase the perfect holiday pumpkin inside the park at a special price or play in a children’s hay maze.

Details:visit www.bonfantegardens.org.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. Fax to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020.

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